Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Stephen Strasburg tossed eight strong innings and the Nationals backed him with six runs of support in the third, as Washington beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-1, in the second match of a four- game set.
Strasburg (10-10) gave up a homer in the first, but followed with seven scoreless frames. The righty allowed just three hits and one walk, while striking out four for his third victory in four starts.
Asdrubal Cabrera drove in three runs with a double during the explosive frame for Washington, and Ian Desmond finished 3-for-4 with four RBI, a run scored and a stolen base as the Nationals picked up their eighth win in a row.
Washington has won eight straight for the first time since Aug. 4-11, 2012.
Chase Anderson (7-5) was charged with six runs on six hits and three walks and failed to record an out during the disastrous third inning. He lost for the first time since July 2.
David Peralta's home run in the opening frame was the only run for the D- backs, who have lost four in a row and seven of nine overall.
Ender Inciarte went 0-for-4, ending his career-best and team-rookie-record 18- game hitting streak, which was the longest active streak in the majors.